Park & Rec FAQ's

Is there a dance tonight?

Activity nights are fund-raisers for community organizations. The sponsoring groups provide adult chaperones, set the admission rate, and decide on cancellations. If the activity is cancelled due to inclement weather, it will be posted on our Keene Parks and Recreation Facebook page.

Admission is $5, unless otherwise announced. Pizza, candy, soda and water are sold at each event. Each child needs to present their school ID when entering the Activity Night. Keene Middle School dress codes are enforced. 

Can I rent the Recreation Center?
Requests to use the Recreation Center are handled by the Recreation Programmer. There is a request form to fill out, available at the Recreation Center main office. Costs vary with length of time, type of activity, and time of day. Contact the Recreation Center for more details.

Can I use the shelter at Wheelock Park?
Requests to use the Horseshoe Pavilion at Wheelock Park (the covered picnic shelter) are handled by the Recreation Programmer. There is a request form to fill out, available at the Recreation Center main office. Costs vary with length of time, amount of people, electricity usage.

Can I use Railroad Square or the bandstand on Central Square for an event?
Requests to use Central and Railroad Squares are handled by the Director of Parks and Recreation. There is a request form to fill out, available at the Recreation Center main office. There is a charge for electricity.

Is this the cemetery department?
Yes, it is. The office handles grave openings, interment records, cemetery maintenance questions, and lot sales. The staff will help with burial record research.

What happened to the flowers I put on the grave?
There are many answers to this question. Perhaps the wildlife ate them (there are deer, skunks and other animals that graze in the cemeteries). If they were artificial flowers set out during the mowing season, they were removed. Check with the cemetery department to see if they were stored in the maintenance building. Obviously dead, unsightly plants and flowers will be removed from graves at the discretion of the director.

Why is the skate park closed?
Keene's skate park is open during daylight hours in the spring, summer and fall. Occasionally during the season there are repairs that must be made to maintain the safety of the equipment. At those times, the park is closed to the public. The park is reopened as soon as the repairs are completed.

How do I reach Surry Dam or Otter Brook?
Surry Dam and Otter Brook are run by the Army Corps of Engineers, not the parks department. This department does not maintain or schedule these facilities. Call Surry at 603-352-2447, and Otter Brook at 603-352-4130.

Is there skating at Robin Hood Park?
Thin ice signs are placed around Robin Hood Pond once the ice begins to form. At that time, the ice is checked on a daily basis for depth and strength. When it becomes safe to skate on, the signs are removed and skating is allowed. During the winter months we will post updates on our Facebook Page about the ice at both locations.  

How do I get a Rec ID?
Rec ID's are used as admission to the gym and game room during the open hours. There is also a Rec ID required to use the facility for the walking program. Both types may be purchased at the Rec Center office during business hours throughout the year. ID's are good from September 1st to August 31st of the following year.